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Experts share favorite Diamond Rated hotels and restaurants for holiday celebrations

ORLANDO, Fla. (October 25, 2017) – As millions of people make plans to travel this holiday season, hotels and restaurants are unpacking decorations and spicing up menus to help their guests get into the holiday spirit. Travelers and diners looking for the comforts of home without the stress of hosting during the holidays can find festive and family-friendly activities, extravagant light displays and décor, sensational seasonal menus and much more at properties across the United States and Canada.

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To help those travelers who are looking for a little extra holiday magic, AAA’s professional inspectors, who conduct annual evaluations of nearly 59,000 AAA Inspected & Approved hotels and restaurants, have selected 12 of their favorite festive Diamond Rated properties to visit this holiday season.

Hotels with Holiday Cheer for the Entire Family – Go ice skating, take a sleigh ride or join in a “reindog” parade. These AAA inspector picks offer visitors hands-on ways to enjoy the holidays away from home throughout the season.

Set at the base of Blackcomb Mountain, this gorgeous property is perfect for skiers. Activities in the nearby village include sleigh rides, ice skating and plenty of options for shopping and dining. Visitors can also enjoy daily holiday arts and crafts and other family-friendly activities, a special Christmas dinner, as well as an adults-only New Year’s Eve gala. –Inspector #450

Northern California’s wine region is open for business – wineries and resorts are ready to welcome visitors this holiday season despite recent wildfires. And one of the best things people can do to support the people of Napa is by spending time in the region, helping local businesses get back on their feet. On weekend afternoons in December, hop aboard a festively decorated trolley playing seasonal music, which runs between destination spots like the Oxbow Market and Historic Napa Mill. This cozy bed and breakfast, near the heart of Napa, has a cheerful holiday environment with a beautifully decorated tree and miniature town. –Inspector #569

This property, centrally located in the winter wonderland of Aspen, is lavishly adorned with holiday décor and complete with a mini-gingerbread village. Visitors can enjoy carriage rides through town with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and the hotel provides treats for Santa and his reindeer on Christmas Eve. –Inspector #599

This exclusive, luxury resort features a full calendar of family-friendly offerings, including holiday movie screenings, elf tuck-ins, ornament decorating, a “reindog” parade, gingerbread house and ornament decorating, a Christmas Eve yule log ceremony, Christmas Day brunch and much more. –Inspector #43

Bright Lights, Winter Wonderland – Immerse yourself in extravagant light displays and décor that create a magical environment. Decked out with hundreds of thousands of lights, ornaments and garlands, these AAA inspector picks offer a holiday feast for the eyes.

AAA’s inspector recommends planning your visit after the first week in December, when this beautifully restored historic country inn is turned into a holiday wonderland. The public areas and guestrooms are charmingly decorated with decked-out Christmas trees, a not-so-small collection of Santa figurines and a lighted village display. Guests are welcomed with eggnog and holiday-decorated cookies throughout the season. –Inspector #87

Located just steps from Rockefeller Center, this hotel is regally decorated for the holidays with its own 30-foot Christmas tree featuring 30,000 ornaments and more than 70,000 lights. Enjoy a cup of eggnog or spiced cider, go for a spin around the Rockefeller Center ice skating rink, then stroll by the spectacularly decorated department store windows nearby. –Inspector #592

  • AAA Five Diamond Bellagio in Las Vegas, Nevada

With seasonal sculptures created from thousands of fresh flowers and plants, the resort’s 14,000-square-foot conservatory is a floral fairytale. During the holidays, visitors can enjoy the florally crafted enormous polar bears, life-size snow globes and penguins on display. The lobby and shopping areas are also festively decorated. –Inspector #39

This luxurious resort creates a winter dreamscape with nearly 200,000 lights, ribbons, garlands, wreaths and gloriously decorated trees. Guests can take part in myriad activities, 12 days of holiday themed events and Christmas Day brunch or dinner. –Inspector #76

Holiday Delights for Foodies and More – Sensational holiday-themed menus and settings at these Diamond Rated restaurants and hotels offer festive treats for the discerning foodie to the casual diner looking for a flavorful escape from the usual.

Each Sunday and Wednesday in December, the inn offers a Dickens Dinner with roast duck and pheasant accompanied by a reading from Dickens’ novel, “A Christmas Carol.” Guests can go for a stroll along wooded trails adorned with icicles and lovely buildings set among the Hocking Hills. –Inspector #10

The beautiful dining room’s upscale western flair is transformed with festive decorations and seasonal menus for the holiday season. Sleigh rides at night take guests through a winter light display, complete with hot chocolate and blankets for snuggling. –Inspector #450

  • AAA Four Diamond Circa 1886 in Charleston, South Carolina

This renovated carriage house at the historic Wentworth Mansion offers an intimate dining setting. An annual Dickens Dinner includes a retelling of “A Christmas Carol” with a four-course dinner prepared by the award-winning chef. –Inspector #43

This charming Victorian home decorates every square inch with tasteful holiday décor. Diners can warm up and enjoy a holiday-themed tea with options like gingerbread cheesecake and tea sandwiches with roasted turkey and apple cranberry mustard. –Inspector #593

The year-end holiday season is one of the busiest times of year, when millions of travelers take to the roads and air to spend time with family and friends. To help those who will set out on a holiday getaway this year, AAA’s travel experts offer these travel tips:

  • Plan ahead – Book early for the best deals and availability on hotels, airfare, car rentals and more.
  • Work with a travel agent – Travel agents often have access to extra amenities and added benefits to help plan a magical holiday getaway. They can also be a tremendous help in the event something changes or goes wrong on your trip.
  • Be flexible – If your schedule permits, consider traveling on the holiday itself to encounter less congestion and fewer crowds.
  • Safety first – Get plenty of rest before setting out on a holiday trip. If driving, schedule breaks every two hours or 100 miles to remain alert and avoid driving drowsy.
  • Make sure your vehicle is road trip ready – Motorists should check the car battery and windshield wipers, inspect tires and pack a winter emergency kit containing a snow shovel, flashlight, ice scraper, jumper cables, warning devices and extra warm clothing for everyone riding in the vehicle.
  • Pack your patience – The holiday season is one of the busiest times of year for traveling. Expect heavy crowds and allow plenty of time to get to your destination safely.

For more information to plan a holiday getaway, visit AAA.com/HolidayDiamonds.

As North America’s largest motoring and leisure travel organization, AAA provides more than 58 million members with travel, insurance, financial and automotive-related services. Since its founding in 1902, the not-for-profit, fully tax-paying AAA has been a leader and advocate for the safety and security of all travelers. Motorists can map a route, identify gas prices, find discounts, book a hotel and access AAA roadside assistance with the AAA Mobile app for iPhone and Android. Learn more at AAA.com/mobile. AAA clubs can be visited on the Internet at AAA.com.

Julie HallAAA Members Can Save up to 30 Percent off Rentals, including Hertz’s Recommended “High-Low” Choices; Hertz has the Right Cars and SUVs for Winter Travel

Estero, Fla. and Orlando, Fla. (Dec. 9, 2015) – As winter settles in, The Hertz Corporation (NYSE:HTZ) and longtime-partner AAA have teamed up to provide recommendations for some of the best high- to low-priced cars and SUVs to rent in winter travel destinations across the country. From Miami to Aspen, Hertz offers suggestions for which vehicles within its fleet to rent for whatever winter weather customers may encounter during their travels. And, to help travelers make the most of their adventure, Hertz is offering substantial savings to AAA members. AAA members save up to 30 percent with Hertz, plus an additional $40 off weekly rentals using Promotion Code number (PC #) 306176 through January 31, 2016.

“As our exclusive car rental partner, Hertz offers AAA’s more than 55 million members a wide variety of money-saving discounts and exclusive offers. We are pleased to increase the regular member discount with additional rental savings through the busy holiday travel season,” said Bill Sutherland, AAA Senior Vice President of Travel and Publishing. “Last year, AAA forecast 98.6 million Americans would travel during the year-end holiday season, and selecting the right rental car for that journey is an important step in planning a safe and enjoyable holiday vacation.”

“One of the first things people do before traveling is check the weather of their final destination, which is a major factor in determining the type of vehicle to rent,” said Paul Sheldon, Senior Vice President Operations Planning and Support, North America.  “As one of the largest worldwide car rental companies, Hertz not only provides travelers across the country with a wide range of vehicles from which to choose, but in a wide range of prices, as well. So if heading to Miami this winter, travelers may enjoy a luxury convertible or an affordable compact car, while travelers to Aspen may have their pick of four-wheel-drive vehicles in a variety of price ranges in case of any inclement weather.”

Hertz offers the following high- to low-priced recommendations for travel destinations throughout the country, including key features that make winter travel easier. With more than 1,700 airport locations and approximately 3,695 off-airport locations in the U.S., Hertz offers speed and convenience for AAA members and other travelers.

San Diego, CA (mostly sunny, moderately warm with highs in the upper 60s)

  • Hyundai Sonata Hybrid – Part of Hertz’s Green Traveler Collection, this eco-friendly vehicle, rated at 40 mpg city and 44 mpg highway, switches seamlessly between a gasoline engine and an electric motor to deliver efficient power.
  • Mercedes SLK250 – There’s no better way to enjoy the city’s sunny days than with the top down. Take a drive down palm-lined Balboa Park in style in this two-seater convertible, part of Hertz’s Prestige Collection, and enjoy soaking up the sun.

Pocono Mountains, PA (cold, with probable snowfall)

  • Ford Escape – This midsize SUV provides ample room for a family or group of friends traveling to this region in northeastern Pennsylvania. A four-wheel-drive vehicle, it can handle potential snow and ice accumulations.
  • Range Rover – With the likelihood of snow this time of year, this Hertz Dream Car is a sturdy, four-wheel-drive vehicle that is necessary when traveling to the mountains.

*Both vehicles come with winter grade unleaded fuel, an ice scraper and a snow brush.

Albuquerque, NM (generally cool, with temperatures ranging from highs of upper 40s to lows in the upper 20s)

  • Ford Focus – This compact car is ideal for couples on a budget. Take advantage of the extra cash by booking time at a ski resort located just outside the city.
  • Chevrolet Tahoe – Roomy enough for the whole family to enjoy the unique traditions of the region’s holiday season.

Miami, FL (warm, dry and sunny, with average temperatures of 75-77 degrees Fahrenheit)

  • Chevrolet Malibu – For families on a budget, this full-size car is ideal. Comfortably seat five and head to Zoo Miami or Biscayne National Park for a day of adventure.
  • Porsche Macan – A perfect combination of sport, luxury and utility, driving this Hertz Dream Car is the ultimate vacation experience. Explore downtown Miami while listening to Sirius XM Radio as an added (no charge) bonus.

San Antonio, TX (moderate weather with an average high in the mid 60s)

  • Chevy Cruze – A fuel saver, this vehicle is perfect for the budget conscious traveler, yet comfortable enough to take in the sights of the Alamo city.
  • Cadillac SRX Crossover – The Lone Star State shines during the holiday season, especially along the San Antonio River Walk, where thousands of lights form a twinkling canopy over a riverside path. Get there safely, and in style, in a vehicle that easily seats five while leaving ample room for belongings.

Aspen, CO (chilly, with snowfall heavier than half a foot)

  • Toyota Rav4 – With nothing but snow this time of year, this midsize SUV provides an affordable, all-wheel drive vehicle that is necessary when traveling to the Rocky Mountains.
  • GMC Yukon XL – This spacious SUV is large enough for family, friends and skiing and snowboarding gear all at once.

* Both vehicles come with winter grade unleaded fuel, an ice scraper and a snow brush.

“When you’re traveling in unfamiliar cities or towns, dealing with the uncertainty of weather can be stressful,” said Sheldon. “The newest Hertz NeverLost® GPS and its Companion mobile app include a convenient weather feature so you can determine current conditions at your destination ahead of time.”

Hertz and AAA have a longstanding partnership that dates back nearly 40 years, providing AAA members a special package of savings available when renting from Hertz. Exclusive discounts include free Hertz Gold Plus Rewards membership; no charge for additional drivers who are also AAA members and meet standard rental qualifications; free use of one child, infant or booster seat; free unlimited mileage on most rentals; discounts off SiriusXM® Satellite Radio rental; and more.

If interested in learning about all of Hertz’s vehicle offerings, visit www.Hertz.com. AAA members can access exclusive discounts and make reservations at www.AAA.com/Hertz or via the AAA Mobile app.

 

About Hertz Global Holdings 
Hertz Global Holdings, Inc. operates the Hertz, Dollar, Thrifty and Firefly car rental brands in more than 10,000 corporate and licensee locations throughout approximately 150 countries in North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia, Australia, Africa, the Middle East and New Zealand. Hertz Global Holdings, Inc. is one of the largest worldwide airport general use car rental companies with more than 1,600 airport locations in the U.S. and more than 1,400 airport locations internationally. Product and service initiatives such as Hertz Gold Plus Rewards, NeverLost®, Carfirmations, Mobile Wi-Fi and unique vehicles offered through the Adrenaline, Dream, Green and Prestige Collections set Hertz Global Holdings, Inc. apart from the competition.  Additionally, Hertz Global Holdings, Inc. owns the vehicle leasing and fleet management leader Donlen Corporation, operates the Hertz 24/7 hourly car rental business in international markets and sells vehicles through its Rent2Buy program. The Company also owns Hertz Equipment Rental Corporation (“HERC”), one of the largest equipment rental businesses with more than 350 locations worldwide offering a diverse line of equipment and tools for rent and sale. HERC primarily serves the construction, industrial, oil, gas, entertainment and government sectors. For more information about Hertz Global Holdings, Inc., visit: www.hertz.com.

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JulieHallSun destinations are travelers’ top getaways following harsh winter

ORLANDO, Fla. (March 12, 2015) – As snow continues in many parts of the country, travelers are ready to escape to warmer weather and sunny destinations, according to AAA. Warm destinations offering fun-filled activities for families will experience the largest influx of travelers this spring season, followed by ever-popular vacation destinations Washington, D.C., New York City, Seattle and San Francisco.

 

AAA Travel’s top spring travel destinations, based on AAA.com hotel bookings, are:

  1. Orlando, Fla.
  2. Los Angeles, Calif. (Anaheim)
  3. San Diego, Calif.
  4. Myrtle Beach, S.C.
  5. Miami, Fla.
  6. Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
  7. Washington, D.C.
  8. New York, N.Y.
  9. Seattle, Wash.
  10. San Francisco, Calif.

“It’s clear that travelers are seeking warm weather destinations this spring as they look to escape the cold after a particularly harsh winter,” said Bill Sutherland, AAA Senior Vice President of Travel and Publishing. “In addition to great domestic destination getaways, cruises, tours and vacation packages to international destinations such as Mexico and the Caribbean are also popular vacations this spring.”

Theme parks continue to be a popular vacation option, as evidenced by Orlando and Los Angeles holding top spots on this year’s list. Universal Orlando Resort is an increasingly popular destination with new attractions including The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and the new family-friendly Cabana Bay Beach Resort.

AAA Vacations, a collection of cruises, guided tours and independent vacations, offers unique, engaging travel experiences that range from exploring the Galapagos to touring America’s national parks, and are available at more than 1,000 AAA Travel offices. Each itinerary is designed with the AAA member in mind and includes built-in value along with exclusive member benefits such as 24/7 Member Care and Best Price Guarantee.

With all the options available to travelers today, vacation planning can be a daunting task. To maximize a spring break vacation, AAA recommends travelers seek the expert advice of a trusted travel advisor, who can provide personalized service and first-hand destination knowledge to create a memorable vacation experience. For more information and to begin planning a vacation, visit AAA.com/Travel.

As North America’s largest motoring and leisure travel organization, AAA provides more than 54 million members with travel, insurance, financial and automotive-related services. Since its founding in 1902, the not-for-profit, fully tax-paying AAA has been a leader and advocate for the safety and security of all travelers. AAA clubs can be visited on the Internet at AAA.com.

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